FIONA PLOT REVIEW: The running theme for Fiona’s existence is that she feels “forever alone.” She needs someone or something in her life that she can cling to, emotionally and/or physically (not necessarily a “romantic” physical relationship, just someone who will physically be around her, like Drew as her roommate).
There are several threads throughout this plot, and they’re all pushed forward through the use of plot devices. The strongest is Fiona’s loneliness; with Drew moving out and Imogen busy with other things, Twitter becomes an instant addiction for Fiona. Anyone at that age who actively engages in social media knows the rush of having people follow you or reply to your posts. Instead of going the cliché route of having Fiona recklessly post too much information about herself online, they attack this angle slickly, having her tweets automatically post her location. The catch is she has no knowledge of what the “geotagging” function is to begin with.
The break in at Fiona’s loft serves a dual purpose, one being implied while the other is literal. There’s never any evidence that suggests Fiona’s tweeting directly allowed for someone to find her loft and burglarize it. However, it does address the potential danger of something like that happening to the show’s audience. On a much stronger note, the break in shows us how emotionally devastating that kind of occurence can be, even if you weren’t physically harmed. The culprit wasn’t caught, and never will be. The feeling of fear and helplessness Fiona feels can drive one mad.
Because she’s dealing with all of this alone, it’s understandable that Fiona would soon become obsessed with finding a way to protect herself, ultimately becoming fixated on owning a gun. However, that’s where this solid plot ends and its sudden derailment begins. Fiona going into a dark alley at night to buy a gun from a bunch of hoodlums is one of the most absurd things this show has done in God knows how long.
I understand that people in real life can be extremely gullible, but even complete idiots have enough common sense to not do what Fiona did. Ironically, the idea of someone older than a young child being lured into a dark alley (or anywhere creepy) is so ridiculous that it’s become a joke to society, enhanced nowadays by internet memes driven through social media. The stupidity of that scene takes away from conclusion, where Fiona finally realizes she can stand on her own two feet because she was forced into a position where she had to. Heck, Fiona’s clarity in itself is rushed given all that‘s happened. She spent the entire episode rattled because of the break in, but after getting attacked (she could easily been killed) and spending a night in a hospital “thinking,” she’s suddenly okay?
For me, this was an A-level plot until out of nowhere things imploded. Degrassi’s been on a tear for a while now churning out solid plots, but this is one that by the end of it all I’m left scratching my head.
ZIG PLOT REVIEW: There’s two kinds of fans when it comes to this plot: those who thought Zig was adorable, and those who thought the plot made no sense and was a complete waste of time. I disagree with the latter.
Zig is someone I initially brushed off as a waste of space, because that’s what he was when he first joined the show. Any interaction he had with other characters was borderline anemic. Since then he’s grown a lot, showing a wide range of emotions ranging from sincerity to anger. The latter is what we see in this episode, as he uses that to act out the guilt he feels for Cam’s suicide. Zig’s “Zou Bisou Bisou” performance is hilarious, yet clever in how it continues a plot that could’ve easily been wrapped up by the end of Part 1. The trick is that Zig has no clue that the song he sang and dedicated to Madame Jean-Aux was a song about romance, and could’ve caused a slew of trouble for her and Zig had anyone had motive to believe there were romantic intentions present. He still carries guilt for Cam’s death, and can’t bear the idea of hurting someone else because of his actions.
Ultimately, Zig’s apology is endearing. He’s done some crappy things, but he’s remorseful enough to publicly admit his mistakes and apologize. This plot once again shows how characters on Degrassi cannot forever be constrained to the “good” or “bad” categories that the fandom always wants to place them in. These characters are far more “gray area” than we want to give them credit for.
DALLAS PLOT REVIEW: Dallas being a dad comes as a shock, however, the driving force of this plot is how he balances that fact with trying to date Alli. We get some insight into Dallas’ past, the fact that he hasn’t been the kind of father he should be. It’s weird that Dallas was able to successfully keep Rocky a secret from everyone, even Drew, but it’s not surprising that he did so.
Just like Dallas, the plot itself has to walk a thin line to make sure “Dallas the dad” and “Dallas who wants to date Alli” remain balanced. I feel like the plot succeeds, even as Dallas’ focus shifts more toward becoming a better father toward his son, as it should. Dallas has spent quite some time trying to just go out on one date with Alli, but every time something seems to get in the way.
Their plight has hints of Snake and Melanie from Degrassi Junior High, one of the classic ships in Degrassi history that, despite their best efforts, was never able to actually get together. It’s great to see that Dallas has his priorities straight…who would’ve thought a character on Degrassi would actually turn down a chance with someone they like in order to be responsible?